The Good Sport: Hockey mom is an NHL award finalist for her work against racism in sports

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Hockey mom tackles racism in the game head on

(Photo via Twitter/Players_x_hate)
(Photo via Twitter/Players_x_hate)

Earlier this season, a 13-year-old hockey player named Divyne Apollon was subject to racial abuse but his community wasn’t going to stand idly by.

Tammi Lynch, a parent of one of Apollon’s teammates, created an organization called Players Against Hate, which aims to increase awareness and stop racist acts from players, coaches, teammates and anyone else involved in the hockey community.

The group has grown tenfold since Lynch founded it, and many players are putting the organization’s emblem on their helmets — a patch that displays the word ‘racism’ struck out by a hockey stick.

For her efforts, Lynch has been nominated for the NHL’s prestigious Willie O’Ree Community Hero Award, which recognizes individuals who are working to improve their community, culture and society through the lens of hockey.

Way to go, Tammi!

NFL rookie Dre Greenlaw is outed as a hero!

Dre Greenlaw is interviewed during the Southeastern Conference football media days at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis, File)
Dre Greenlaw is interviewed during the Southeastern Conference football media days at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis, File)

Dre Greenlaw, a former linebacker at Arkansas University, recently had his NFL dreams realized when the San Francisco 49ers selected him in the fifth round of the NFL Draft. But four years ago, Greenlaw was a freshman who helped save a young girl’s life.

Now, Greenlaw is being recognized by a man who says the 49ers rookie saved his daughter from imminent danger.

During his days at Arkansas, Greenlaw was reportedly attending a party one night when Gerry Dales’ daughter became incapacitated. When a man tried taking her away, Greenlaw stepped in with a friend to stop him.

Since then, Dales has always wanted to thank Greenlaw for taking action, but the father refused to do so publicly due to Greenlaw’s age at the time. Speaking to NBC Sports, Dales said, "He was an underage athlete, attending a party where there was alcohol, even though he was not drinking. He was a college football player in the SEC."

So, when Greenlaw was drafted by the 49ers on Saturday, Dales finally took time to thank Greenlaw on Twitter for saving his daughter’s life.

After Greenlaw retweeted two of Dales posts, the thankful father can trust in knowing that the football star is aware of Dales’ immense gratitude. Dales, who is a fan of the New York Giants, says he’ll be cheering for Greenlaw no matter where he plays.

“I'd root for him wherever he landed,” Dales said. “Now I’ll cheer for the 49ers."

Saquon Barkley surprises Make-A-Wish kid at Giants draft party

Some people may have disagreed with the team’s draft strategy but New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley may have produced the best storyline of the week.

A 14-year-old named Jared from the Make-A-Wish Foundation asked to meet the Giants’ star.

Barkley did him one better, however, surprising the young man during an NFL Draft party and telling him he’d spend an entire day with him, doing whatever he’d like.

Barkley is quickly emerging as one of the NFL’s preeminent talents but it’s also becoming eminently clear that he’s also one of the league’s best people.

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